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RIO DE JANEIRO
There’s really no place quite like Rio de Janeiro. You could easily spend a week or two exploring new neighbourhoods, lounging on the beaches or hiking up to it’s many viewpoints. It’s an incredible city, one which I have returned to many times in my two trips to Brazil and can’t recommend it enough. With the help of Books Hostel owner and good friend, Felipe, we’ve put together this guide for you to help plan your trip.
Two Brothers (Dois Irmãos) Hike
Get yourself up early, hop in a taxi to Vigidal, jump on the back of a mototaxi to the start of the trail. After an hour and a half or so, you’ll be treated to THE best view of Rio de Janeiro.
Sunset at Pedra De Arpoador
Sunset here will offer you a different perspective of Rio de Janeiro, as does all the different hikes and views but this one for sunset is special, and it’s free! Situated between Ipanema and Copacabana, grab a bottle of Brahma from a street vendor and enjoy.
Esqueleto Gávea Abandoned Hotel
This ghost hotel has been completely abandoned for the last 45 years. Despite its spooky name ‘Skeleton Hotel’ and its story as a ghost hotel, it’s becoming one of the coolest hangouts in Rio
A night in Lapa
Undoubtedly the most vibrant part of Rio at night. With lots of open-air bars and street parties regularly, it’s an atmosphere you have to witness. Lapa is situated next to Santa Teresa, which also has some really lovely bars.
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For buses always check https://www.buscaonibus.com.br/. For foreigners the only website you will be able to buy online is https://www.busbud.com/en. Not a bad one but charge you 10% more. From Rio to Ilha Grande it makes sense to hire a transfer through firstname.lastname@example.org . Flights ask for help at front desk in any hostel. We always help people to get flights. I like to use https://123milhas.com/ however, as said, it is hard if you don’t speak Portuguese.
Novo Rio bus station is located in the North most part of the central city, close to Lapa but as said before, a quick 15-30 minute taxi wherever you need to go.
Uber in Rio de Janeiro is very cheap indeed. For safety and efficiency, I’d recommend using Uber, especially at night but during the day too, easy to get to beaches and gardens.
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